Installing Solar Water Heater for Home – Information and Costing

Solar Water Heater

Recently we installed 150 Litre Solar Water Heaters at our terrace. Below are the Information, photos and costing for Installation of Solar Water Heater.

When you decides to install solar water heater, you need to consider following factors,

  • How many people are there in your home who will be using hot water ?
    • Based on this the number of Liter water required needs to be finalized. Lets say, you have 3 people at your home and each one will use average 50 Ltr of hot water each day, then you will need to purchase 50*3 = 150 Ltr solar water heater.
  • What is your budget for purchasing new solar water heater ?
    • As you might already be aware, solar products needs somewhat more initial investment, so you needs to enquire different brands available in market and compare their pricing and features for same model of solar water heater.
  • What is the warranty of the solar water heater and how you will contact them in future for servicing ?
    • Most of the solar water heaters are long durable, and comes warranty of 5-7 years. So you needs to get proper warranty information and how they will provide the service for future in case some issues. Once installed, the most common issue you might face is due to hardened water. But if you are ready to get solar water heater serviced once in one / two year then no issues.

The common pricing for installing solar water heater will include following things,

  • Solar Water Heater Price + Tax
  • Transportation Cost
    • If you have agreed to pay for transportation cost of solar water heater ( tank + pipe etc ) from company to your home, then we need to account this cost.
  • Plumbing Material and Service cost
    • This will be an additional cost which includes purchasing all the pipes ( hot water pipe, cold water pipe ), valves etc and payment of plumber services. If your current cold water tank is at same surface level where are going to install water heater, then there will be additional cost to increase height of cold water tank, so that daily transmission of cold water to solar water heater and hot water from water heater to your bathroom tap can be automated without daily efforts required to fill solar water heater tank.
150 Litre Water Tank with Stainless Still Inside and Puffing material between stainless still and outside plastic to prevent heat flow to outside.
Socket to connect Glass Tubes with Stainless steel Tank
Socket for Cold Water Inlet to Water Tank
Other side Socket for Hot Water Outlet
Glass Tube Specifications
Solar Water Heater Frame where Water Tank gets installed and on slider Glass tubes resides.
Plumbing Material ( Pipes are not in Photo )
Frame After Water Tank is placed on Top Surface.
Frame End towards ground where end of Glass Tube is held.
This is how Final Installation Looks Like 🙂

Refer to “Guidelines for installation of Solar Water Heating Systems in high rise buildings and multi storied flats” Issued by MNRE down-loadable from LINK.

List of NABL Accredited Food Testing Laboratories

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New Delhi

Arbro Pharmaceuticals Limited, Delhi
Avon Food Lab Private Limited, Delhi
Bharat Test House, Delhi
Delhi Test House, Delhi
Eurofins Analytical Services India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
Fair Quality Institute (Food Analysis & Industrial Research Quality Institute) New Delhi
FICCI Research and Analysis Centre, New Delhi
ITL Labs Private Limited, New Delhi
Microchem Silliker Private Limited, New Delhi
Quality Services  & Laboratories, New Delhi
Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, Delhi
Sigma Test and Research Centre, Delhi
Sophisticated Industrial Materials Analytical Labs Private Limited, Delhi
Spectro Analytical Labs Limited, Delhi
Standard Analytical Laboratory (ND) Private Limited

Haryana

Choksi Laboratories Limited, Panchkula
Dove Research & Analytics, Panchkula
Fare Labs Private Limited, Gurgaon
Haryana Test House & Consultancy Services
Interstellar Testing Centre Pvt. Ltd. , Panchkula
Intertek India Private Limited (Food Services), Gurgaon
J.M. Enviro Lab Private Limited, Gurgaon
Ozone Pharmaceuticals Limited, Bahadurgarh
Saturn Quality Certifications Private Limited, Bahadurgarh
SGS India Private Limited, Manesar, Gurgaon
TUV SUD South Asia Private Limited, Gurgaon

Himachal Pradesh
Auriga Research Limited, Baddi

Jammu & Kashmir
(NIL)

Punjab
Bali Test House Private Limited, Ludhiana
Industrial Testing Laboratory & Consulting House, Patiala
Punjab Biotechnology Incubator, Mohali

Rajasthan
Amol Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, Jaipur
CEG Test House And Research Centre Private Limited, Jaipur
Jagdamba Laboratories, Jaipur
National Test House (Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Department of Consumer Affairs )
Precision Quality Services, Jaipur
Devansh Testing and Research Laboratory Private Limited, Haridwar

Uttar Pradesh
Advance Research and Analytical Services, Ghaziabad
AES Laboratories Private Limited, Noida
Eko Pro Engineers Private Limited, Ghaziabad
Food Analysis and Research Laboratory (FARL), Aallahabad

Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu
Konarch Research Foundation, Daman

Gujarat
Accurate Laboratory, Ahmadabad
Analytical and Environmental Services, Vadodara
Gujarat Laboratory, Ahmedabad
Pollucon Laboratories Private Limited, Surat
SGS India Private Limited, Ahmedabad
SGS India Private Limited, Gandhidham

Madhya Pradesh
Choksi Laboratories Limited, Indore
Cali–Labs Private Limited, Bhopal
SGS India Private Limited, Indore
QTTL Lab Private Limited, Indore

Maharashtra
Anacon Laboratory Private Limited, Nagpur
Ashwamedh Engineers and Consultants Co-operative Society Limited, Nasik
Doctor’s Analytical Laboratories Private Limited, Mumbai
Envirocare Labs Private Limited, Mumbai
Export Inspection Agency, Mumbai
Food Hygiene and Health Laboratory, Pune
Geo-Chem Laboratories Private Limited, Mumbai
Maarc Labs Private Limited, Pune
Micro Chem Silliker Private Limited, Mumbai
Microtech Laboratory, Pune
National Agriculture and Food Analysis and Research Institute, Pune
Precise Analytics Lab, Mumbai
Pune Municipal Corporation  Quality Assurance Laboratory, Pune
Qualichem Laboratories, Nagpur
RCA Laboratories, Mumbai (A Division of Dr. Amin Controllers Pvt Ltd)
Reliable Analytical Laboratories Private Limited, Thane
SGS India Private Limited, Thane
Testtex India Laboratories Private Limited, Mumbai
TUV India Private Limited, Pune

Andhra Pradesh
Food Testing Laboratory, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada

Karnataka
Auriga Research Limited, Bengaluru
Bangalore Test House, Bengaluru
Environmental Laboratory (Unit of Mineral Engineering Services), Bangalore
Eurofins Analytical Services India Private Limited, Bengaluru
Ganesh Consultancy & Analytical Services, Mysore
Institute for Analysis of Pharma, Dairy, Food and Cultures (IADFAC), Bengaluru
Robust Materials Technology Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru
Shiva Analyticals (India) Private Limited, Bengaluru
Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, Bengaluru
TUV SUD South Asia Private Limited, Bengaluru
Vsix Analytical Labs Private Limited, Bengaluru

Kerala
Export Inspection Agency, Kochi (Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)
Food Quality Laboratory & Research Centre, Kochi
Interfield Laboratories, Kochi
Neogen Food & Animal Security (India) Pvt Ltd, Cochin
SEA Lab, Aroor
The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India, Kollam

Tamil Nadu
Aqua Designs India Private Limited Laboratory Services, Chennai
Chennai Mettex Lab Private Limited, Chennai
Enviro Care India Private Limited, Madurai
Export Inspection Agency, Chennai
Hubert Enviro Care Systems (P) Limited, Chennai
MATS India Pvt. Ltd (Laboratory Services Division), Chennai
Monarch Biotech Pvt Ltd, Chennai
Nawal Analytical Laboratories, Hosur
SMS Labs Services Private Limited, Chennai
TA Labs Private Limited, Chennai
UPASI Tea Research Foundation, Valparai

Telangana
Bhagavathi Ana Labs Private Limited, Hyderabad
First Source Laboratory Solutions LLP Analytical Services, Hyderabad
Intertek India Private Limited (Food Services), Hyderabad
Megsan Labs Private Limited, Hyderabad
Testing Services-Comm Grade, National Collateral Management Services Limited, Hyderabad
Vimta Labs Limited, Hyderabad

Odisha
Kalyani Laboratories Private Limited, Bhubaneswar

West Bengal
Edward Food Research and Analysis Centre Limited, Kolkata
Export Inspection Agency Laboratory, Kolkata
Mitra S.K. Private Limited, Kolkata
Oil Laboratory, Department of Chemical Technology, Kolkata
SGS India Private Limited, Kolkata

Detailed List as of 12/2016 can be found at http://www.fssai.gov.in/Portals/0/Pdf/Order_NABL_Lab_01_12_2016.pdf and for any other list or most recent visit website http://www.fssai.gov.in/lab.aspx

Fssai, Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India is the Administrative Ministry for the implementation of FSSAI. The Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have already been appointed by Government of India. The Chairperson is in the rank of Secretary to Government of India.

Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, is an Act to consolidate the laws relating to food and to establish the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The pdf of the  Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 can be found at http://www.fssai.gov.in/portals/0/pdf/food-act.pdf

The Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011

The Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011 has been notified in the Gazette of india dated 1st Aug 2011. these Regulations shall come in force on or after 5th Aug 2011

For Hindi version check pdf http://www.fssai.gov.in/Portals/0/Pdf/FSS_Gazete_Rules_2011.pdf

Apply Online for FSSAI License at FSSAI’s Licensing & Registration System at https://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in/index.aspx

For more details refer to http://www.fssai.gov.in/AboutFSSAI/FSSAct.aspx

Foreign Direct Investments ( FDI ) in India for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Plantations

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As per Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2016, Notification No.FEMA.362/2016-RB, February 15, 2016, Issued by Reserve Bank of India, details of Foreign Direct Investments ( FDI ) in India for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Plantations are as below,

1. Agriculture & Animal Husbandry

  • Floriculture, horticulture, Apiculture and Cultivation Of vegetables & mushrooms under controlled conditions;
  • Development and production of seeds and planting ma­terial;
  • Animal Husbandry (including breeding of dogs), Pisiculture, Aquaculture, under controlled conditions; and
  • Services related to agro and allied sectors.
    Note : Besides the above, FDI is not allowed in any other agricultural sector/activity

1.1     Other Conditions
The term ‘under controlled conditions’ covers the following:

  • ‘Cultivation under controlled conditions’ for the categories of floriculture, horticulture, cultivation of vegetables and mushrooms is the practice of cultivation wherein rainfall, temperature, solar radiation, air humidity and culture medium are controlled artificially. Control in these parameters may be effected through protected cultivation under green houses, net houses, poly houses or any other improved infrastructure facilities where micro-climatic conditions are regulated anthropogenically
  • In case of Animal Husbandry, scope of the term ‘under controlled conditions’ covers–
    (a) Rearing of animals under intensive farming systems with stall- feeding. Intensive farming system will require climate systems (ventilation, temperature/humidity management), health care and nutrition, herd registering/pedigree recording, use of machinery, waste management systems as prescribed by the National Livestock Policy 2013 and in conformity with the existing ‘Standard Operating Practices and Minimum Standard Protocol.’
    (b) Poultry breeding farms and hatcheries where micro-climate is controlled through advanced technologies like incubators, ventilation systems etc.
  • (iii) In the case of pisciculture and aquaculture, scope of the term ‘under controlled conditions’ covers–
    (a) Aquariums
    (b) Hatcheries where eggs are artificially fertilized and fry are hatched and incubated in an enclosed environment with artificial climate control.
  • (iv) In the case of apiculture, scope of the term ‘‘under controlled conditions’ covers–
    a) Production of honey by bee-keeping, except in forest/wild, in designated spaces with control of temperatures and climatic factors like humidity and artificial feeding during lean seasons.

Foreign Investment Cap (%) – 100%
Entry Route – Automatic

2. Plantation
2.1

  • Tea sector including tea plantations
  • Coffee plantations
  • Rubber Plantations
  • Cardamom plantations
  • Palm oil tree plantations
  • Olive oil tree plantations

Note: FDI is not allowed in any plantation sector/activity except those mentioned above.

2.2     Other Condition
Prior approval of the State Government concerned is required in case of any future land use change.

Foreign Investment Cap (%) – 100%
Entry Route – Automatic route

Reference : Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2016, Notification No.FEMA.362/2016-RB, February 15, 2016, Issued by Reserve Bank of India

Documents required and process to get Shop Act License ( Shops and Establishments Registration ) in Maharashtra

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Any citizen who wishes to open new shop or a commercial establishment wants to commence its business within the jurisdiction of Government of Maharashtra, has to register itself under The Bombay Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1948. / The Maharashtra Shops and Establishment Act 1948.

The First step to start / register any business ( in our case, business’s based on agriculture, renewable energy etc ) is to get the “Shop Act” license, its also called as Shops and Establishments Registration permission. In this post, we will describe the documents required and procedure followed to get the license for Maharashtra.

Before, we start you must make sure you have following documents,

Photo Identity ( Minimum one ) ( ओळखीचा पुरावा, किमान -1 )

    1. PAN card
    2. Passport
    3. Aadhar Card
    4. Driving License
    5. Election/ Voters ID

Address Proof of the place where you want to start the business ( पत्त्याचा पुरावा, किमान -1)

  1. Rent Receipt
  2. Telephone Bill
  3. Electricity Bill
  4. Sale / Purchase Deed
  5. Property Tax Paid Receipt
  6. Notarized Leave and License
  7. Society Maintenance Receipt

Compulsory other documents ( अनिवार्य कागदपत्रे, सर्व अनिवार्य)

  1. Annexure A Self Declaration
  2. Annexure B Self Declaration For Self Attestation
  3. Actual photo of the establishment in which the signboard (name) of the establishment duly displayed, appears

Above are the minimum documents, you will need to register for shop act license.

Depending on the type of your business, you may also require some of the following documents,

Other document ( minimum 1 ) ( इतर दस्तऐवज, किमान -1)

1) Copy of the licence, registration which is mandatory under any other law from any authority before starting of the business

Business Identification documents( minimum 1 ) ( ओळख पडताळणी दस्तऐवज, किमान -1)

  1. ROC
  2. MOA (Registration Certificate)
  3. List of the Trustees/Member of Trust
  4. Registered Address and proof thereof
  5. Resolution of society regarding starting of business
  6. List of the Chairman and Member of co-operative society
  7. List of Directors and Nomination of Directors (Resolution)
  8. Copy of Registration Certificate given by Charity Commissioner
  9. Certificate of Incorporation, Commencement Certificate under the company act
  10. Partnership Deed (Upload Deed pages which have name of partners, signature of partners,Business / Company Name, percentage of partnership )

Type of Business documents( minimum 1 ) ( व्यवसाय स्वरूप पडताळणी, किमान -1)

  1. RBI Permission Copy
  2. RTO Transport Permit
  3. Copy of Collector Permision
  4. License From Agriculture Department
  5. Food Licence from concern authority
  6. The Food and Drugs Administration License
  7. NOC from Police Department for Cyber cafe
  8. IEC certificate for Import-Export business
  9. Certificate issued by SEBI for share broker
  10. Licence from Police Department for Security Services
  11. NOC by Municipal corporation for floor mill / masala mill
  12. Copy of Excise license for wine shop/Beer Bar/ Bar and Restaurant
  13. NOC from Municipal Commissioner,Fire Brigade, Collector and Police Department

The next step is to register  online at Aaplesarkar website for Maharashtra, Follow steps from post to Apply for Shopact Online in Maharashtra.

Procedure for Termination / Cancellation of Hypothecation on RC for Vehicle in India

Recently after we paid all the EMI for our Two Wheeler, we intended to remove the name of Financer from our two wheeler Registration Certificate (in Shorts RC Book) so that the ownership of vehicle will be completely ours.

List of Documents Required for Hypothecation Removal

Once you have paid all the EMI of the loan to your finance company and loan is cleared, you will have to get NOC ( No Objection Certificate ) from your finance company which mentions that all the loan amount has been paid and they don’t have any objection now to transfer the ownership of vehicle to your own name. For this you need to contact customer care of finance company and request them to courier NOC to your home address.

Along with NOC, the Finance company also provides you signed form 35.

So the list of documents required for termination or cancellation of Hypothecation on RC for your vehicle in India is as following,

  • No Objection Certificate from Financer
  • Form 35 duly filled up
  • Registration Certificate (Original RC you received when purchased new vehicle)
  • Valid insurance
  • Pollution Under Control Certification (PUC)
  • Aadhar Card (Xerox)
  • Address Proof Photo Copy (Xerox)
  • Receipt of free paid online (Refer below for how to make payments) (When we paid it was 250 Rs for our two wheeler)

How to make Payments online ?

Visit website https://parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/en from the website, select “Online Service” -> Vehicle Related Services as shown below and then select the State as per your location.

Transfer RC

Since, we were not from Delhi, we selected “Other State” which opened another web page at https://vahan.parivahan.gov.in/vahanservice/vahan/ui/statevalidation/homepage.xhtml

On this page, you will need to enter your Vehicle Number (as you see on Name Plate) and click Proceed.

On the next opened page, you will see differnet online services available for your vehicle, since now we are only interested into removing of Hypothecation , select “Misc” which has related option as shown below,

Transfer RC

On the next page, you will need to enter your Chassis Numbers last 5 digits, which you can see on the Registration Certificate (RC Book) and click “Validate Registration Number”.

On the next opened page, you will be required to enter your mobile number and validate with the OTP, once you confirm with OTP, the next web page will be opened as below,

RC Book

On this page, click on “Terminate” which will ask the date till what the hypotheciation was allowed, you may select the date till day before you file the application.

Now, scroll below and make the payments online using netbanking or Debit / Credit cards.

The Biological Diversity ( Biodiversity ) Act 2002

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The Act covers conservation, use of biological resources and associated knowledge occurring in India for commercial or research purposes or for the purposes of bio-survey and bio-utilisation. It provides a framework for access to biological resources and sharing the benefits arising out of such access and use. The Act also includes in its ambit the transfer of research results and application for intellectual property rights (IPRs) relating to Indian biological resources.

The Act covers foreigners, non-resident Indians, body corporate, association or organization that is either not incorporated in India or incorporated in India with non-Indian participation in its share capital or management. These individuals or entities require the approval of the National Biodiversity Authority when they use biological resources and associated knowledge occurring in India for commercial or research purposes or for the purposes of bio-survey or bio-utilisation.

If the pdf link is broken, visit website for updated information nbindia.org

Agriculture Export Policy, 2018 – India

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Agriculture Export Policy, 2018 on 6th Dec 2018 [ Reference Press release ]. In order to provide an impetus to agricultural exports, the Government has come out with a comprehensive “Agriculture Export Policy” aimed at doubling the agricultural exports and integrating Indian farmers and agricultural products with the global value chains. The Agriculture Export Policy has the following vision:

Objectives of the Agriculture Export Policy are as under:

  • To double agricultural exports from present ~US$ 30+ Billion to ~US$ 60+ Billion by 2022 and reach US$ 100 Billion in the next few years thereafter, with a stable trade policy regime.
  • To diversify our export basket, destinations and boost high value and value added agricultural exports including focus on perishables.
  • To promote novel, indigenous, organic, ethnic, traditional and non-traditional Agri products exports.
  • To provide an institutional mechanism for pursuing market access, tackling barriers and deal with sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues.
  • To strive to double India’s share in world agri exports by integrating with global value chain at the earliest.
  • Enable farmers to get benefit of export opportunities in overseas market.

As on 7th Dec, the only copy available to download is “Draft Copy” As below,

Rule 7 of income tax act – Income which is partially agricultural and partially from business .

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7 . (1)In the case of income which is partially agricultural income as defined in section 2 and partially income chargeable to income-tax under the head “Profits and gains of business”, in determining that part which is chargeable to income-tax the market value of any agricultural produce which has been raised by the assessee or received by him as rent-in-kind and which has been utilised as a raw material in such business or the sale receipts of which are included in the accounts of the business shall be deducted, and no further deduction shall be made in respect of any expenditure incurred by the assessee as a cultivator or receiver of rent-in-kind.

(2) For the purposes of sub-rule (1) “market value” shall be deemed to be :—

(a) where agricultural produce is ordinarily sold in the market in its raw state, or after application to it of any process ordinarily employed by a cultivator or receiver of rent-in-kind to render it fit to be taken to market, the value calculated according to the average price at which it has been so sold during the relevant previous year;

(b) where agricultural produce is not ordinarily sold in the market in its raw state or after application to it of any process aforesaid, the aggregate of—

(i) the expenses of cultivation;

(ii) the land revenue or rent paid for the area in which it was grown; and

(iii) such amount as the [Assessing Officer] finds, having regard to all the circumstances in each case, to represent a reasonable profit.

Subsections of Rule 7 are,

Rule 7A of income tax act – Income from the manufacture of rubber

Rubber

7A.[(1) Income derived from the sale of centrifuged latex or cenex or latex based crepes (such as pale latex crepe) or brown crepes (such as estate brown crepe, remilled crepe, smoked blanket crepe or flat bark crepe) or technically specified block rubbers manufactured or processed from field latex or coagulum obtained from rubber plants grown by the seller in India shall be computed as if it were income derived from business, and thirty-five per cent of such income shall be deemed to be income liable to tax.]

(2) In computing such income, an allowance shall be made in respect of the cost of planting rubber plants in replacement of plants that have died or become permanently useless in an area already planted, if such area has not previously been abandoned, and for the purpose of determining such cost, no deduction shall be made in respect of the amount of any subsidy which, under the provisions of clause (31) of section 10, is not includible in the total income.

Reference – https://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/Pages/rules/income-tax-rules-1962.aspx

Rule 8 of income tax act –Income from the manufacture of tea

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8. (1) Income derived from the sale of tea grown and manufactured by the seller in India shall be computed as if it were income derived from business, and forty per cent of such income shall be deemed to be income liable to tax.

(2) In computing such income an allowance shall be made in respect of the cost of planting bushes in replacement of bushes that have died or become permanently useless in an area already planted, if such area has not previously been abandoned [, and for the purpose of determining such cost, no deduction shall be made in respect of the amount of any subsidy which, under the provisions of clause (30) of section 10, is not includible in the total income.]

Reference – https://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/Pages/rules/income-tax-rules-1962.aspx